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University of Colorado Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
79 Reviews
3.8
79 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Hospital has Good benefits, clinically challenging and team work (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance living in Boulder (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • To get stuff done, there would sometimes be needless red tape, something that would not be there in smaller companies (in 3 reviews)

  • Decisions by upper management are not always well thought out with respect to unintended consequences (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at, environment is relaxed yet productive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    You get offered to take Graduate Courses and earn a degree for free.

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons as the place is improving every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Absolutely wonderful, best staff, best scenery, best experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They spend actual time developing you as a person

    Cons

    Employeers don't see on-campus jobs at an equal level as others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A mixed bag: some wonderful, dedicated employees but infrastructure is shoddy and state financing is skimpy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of time off: 4-1/2 weeks per year for professional/exempt employees.
    Tuition remission of up to 9 credits per academic year.
    Good choices for health and dental insurance.

    Cons

    State funding for higher education is among the lowest in the U.S.
    Infrastructure is shoddy -- 30-year-old furniture, leaking roof, cramped space.
    Overly centralized micro-management of HR and financial issues.
    While most employees are great, some lack interpersonal and managerial skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the Colleges manage their own finances to a greater degree; stop penalizing the departments that are growing and profitable by saddling them with annual "deficits" that they need to repay. One College grew by 17% but was limited to a 3% increase in its operations budget, which is untenable. The Chancellor should not be signing hard copies of every new employment letter of offer. Instead, the University should start using e-signatures and delegate approval of new hire offers to a lower level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate studies in the Molecular Biology program. Overwhelmingly positive, but that largely depends on the lab you join

    Current Employee - Doctoral Research Assistant in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Doctoral Research Assistant in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This campus is growing, with great clinical collaborations available. I loved the open floor plan of the research buildings, and had strong program support.

    Cons

    Your experience can be very negative if you join a lab with a mentor that is not available often. Your experience also differs depending on the program you join. Aurora isn't the best area, and you're many hours from skiing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish the university provided better support for career paths during your early graduate career. Sensitivity training and training on how to manage different student personalities and learning styles would be helpful for the principal investigators running student-based labs.

  6.  

    CU is a fairly neutral place to work

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medical and dental benefits are decent here. My experience has been in the research labs where some areas receive good support, some areas do not.

    Cons

    For some of the academic positions, there is no reasonable way to contribute to a retirement plan and have the University match that at any level. This is not true at all universities so it is worth considering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be useful if management generally had more contact with the individuals who work for them. We are interested and interesting people who want to contribute and help to create value in our research and studies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a creative position within a very structured environment and guided by institutional guidlines.

    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Being able to contribute more modern, updated, valuable and creative changes in the messaging and branding throughout multiple channels.

    Cons

    The "company" was very slow to adapt and apply new changes/ideas - very bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Digital screens within office showing the real time flow of the statistics and analytics of "client" interaction and projects in process, as well as victories and completed projects.

  8.  

    Good work culture and environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule
    Good work environment
    Benefits included
    Near rec areas

    Cons

    The weather. If you don't like living in extremes, don't come on here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great job despite bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at CU-Boulder, there were great benefits, good contributions to retirement funds, friendly coworkers, world class campus.

    Cons

    The biggest problem was the bureaucracy of work. To get stuff done, there would sometimes be needless red tape, something that would not be there in smaller companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline redtape

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great University

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A beautiful place to work. the geology is really incredible around this area too. The management are very helpful when you need to complete the necessary but menial requirements.

    Cons

    In general there aren't many cons to report. There were a few times where I couldn't get my field equipment because the roads were closed due to the football games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It has been a good challenge and very fulfilling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits and location are very good. If you want the opportunity to advance your career and work in a fast paced and growing company this is a good place for you.

    Cons

    You must work hard, which can be a con to some people but if you want to feel that you have accomplished something at the end of the day then this is a good place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I work at the hospital of CU so I would say keep listening to the patient, which they are good at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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